Work With More Precise ETAs

Streamline port operations, increase efficiency, and save resources by gaining accurate insights into incoming vessels and their arrival times.

Operate with predicted, continuously updated ETA information starting from 48 hours prior, and closely monitor all port activities. Receive alerts when expected vessels are delayed and adjust your operations accordingly to minimize waiting times and expenses.

Reported ETAs vs. predicted ETAs

Sometimes, you receive ETA indications by vessels which are already approaching your port, and you wonder why you would need these predicted ETAs?

That’s because predicted ETAs give you more accurate arrival times, which means that you can coordinate your employees’ work hours based on these times, rather than wasting money on waiting hour charges because a vessel didn’t provide you with the correct arrival time.

Reported ETAs

According to Statista, 60% of container vessels arrive with a delay of up to 6 days at their destination. The arrival time of a vessel can be influenced by many factors during its journey, such as port activities, congestion, and weather conditions. Delays or gains in time can occur.

Occasionally, a vessel may fail to update its ETA promptly or even forget to do so. Consequently, the provided ETA could be inaccurate by a couple of hours or even days. Therefore, you rely on outdated and unprecise data, forcing your operational planning to be reactive rather than proactive.

Predicted ETAs

OceanIntel offers dynamic ETA predictions that provide greater control over the impact of delays and enable proactive operations.

Given that more than a third of container vessels experience delays of over a day, OceanIntel uses both estimated arrival times and calculated delay risks. Starting from 48 hours before arrival, continuous updates are provided based on a vessel’s real-time conditions. This feature enhances your understanding even if you already know the scheduled arrival time, with predicted ETAs differing by an average of 2.4 hours from inaccurate ETAs reported five days ahead. OceanIntel’s ETA information empowers actionable planning and decision-making.

5 ways predicted ETAs can add value to your operations

Precise ETA predictions offer invaluable insights that optimize maritime operations, improve safety, and support sustainable and efficient shipping practices. They simply are a critical component of the modern maritime industry.
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Knowing the ETA of a vessel allows maritime authorities, port authorities, and other ships in the vicinity to plan their operations, traffic control, and resource allocation more effectively. It helps prevent collisions, manage congested areas, and maintain safe distances between vessels.
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Efficient resource management

Accurate ETA predictions enable ports and terminals to optimize their resources, such as berths, cranes, and labour, to efficiently handle incoming vessels. This helps utilize resources better while reducing waiting and turnaround times. Cost savings and increased productivity are the result.
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Supply chain optimization

ETA predictions play a critical role in managing the logistics and supply chain and benchmark carriers as well as shipping companies. Accurate ETAs allow shippers and consignees to plan their cargo handling and distribution processes better, ensuring timely delivery and reducing supply chain disruptions and related costs.
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Environmental impact

By having reliable ETA predictions, ship operators can optimize their routes and speed, leading to reduced fuel consumption and emissions. This contributes to environmental sustainability and helps in complying with regulations related to emission control and fuel efficiency.
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Customer service

For passenger ships and cruise liners, accurate ETA predictions are vital for providing better customer service and a more enjoyable travel experience. Passengers can plan their activities on board or in the destination port with confidence when they have reliable arrival time information.
We know ETA predictions are highly valuable for maritime operations. If at least one of the points above resonates with your challenges or with what you would like to achieve, we would love to hear from you, so we can discuss how OceanIntel’s ETA predictions can benefit your port and logistics operations.

How does OceanIntel predict ETAs?

To provide you with the precise information on a vessel’s arrival time and allow you to stay up to date, we have trained our prediction algorithms in the most advanced way possible.

Thanks to our vast historical database that goes back two decades, we can grant our algorithms unique insights into worldwide vessels and their movements. Our algorithms consider more than 42 parameters to predict ETAs, such as vessel characteristics, a vessel’s current position, previous port calls, where the vessel is headed to, previous time to a port call, or captain announcements.

We update ETA predictions every 15 minutes. Count on us to provide you with the best ETAs available.

How to get started

Our focus is on providing you the greatest value by offering services that you can configure to best meet your organization’s needs. 

The OceanIntel ETA feature is offered as both a SaaS solution and as a DaaS solution via an API integration. 

Contact us to learn more about your integration options.